THUNDER102

WIZARDS105
9 Steals by the Thunder on the night, two more than their season average

10 Rebounds by Serge Ibaka, his first double-digit rebounding game of the season

15 With a block on Wednesday night, Kendrick Perkins continued his consecutive games with a block streak to 15.

17-for-18 The combined free throw shooting numbers for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

23 Free throw attempts by the Thunder in the second half

28 With a block on Wednesday night, Serge Ibaka continued his consecutive games with a block streak to 28.

36 Russell Westbrook’s point total, his season-high

The Thunder will continue their road trip as they head to New Jersey to take on the Nets on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma and will also be broadcast on the Thunder Radio Network.

The Thunder then will come back home to host the Detroit Pistons on Monday night and the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

“We had a nice stretch,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win. We just have to bounce back Saturday night.”

GAME IN REVIEW

RECAP:
At one point in the Thunder’s 105-102 loss against the Wizards, Washington was 0-for-8 shooting the ball from the 3-point line. Starting in the third quarter, the Wizards woke up from the three-point line and finished the game on an 8-for-13 streak from beyond the arc. For a Thunder team that came into the game allowing opponents to shoot 30.2 percent from the three point line, it was difficult to see an opponent erupt from deep.

Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks was most focused after the game, however, on what his team could have done differently.

“Our defense just gave up too many second shots, too many free throws, and we turned the ball over too many times,” Brooks said. “That’s a tough combination to have on the road and win.”

The Thunder led by four points after both the first and third quarters, but the Wizards scored 33 fourth quarter points to erase a 12-point Thunder third quarter lead and turn it into a seven-point Washington advantage with only 30 seconds remaining in the game. According to Brooks, it was Washington’s level of intensity and ability to score 13 second chance points off 19 offensive rebounds that changed the game.

“I thought they did a good job of crashing the offensive boards,” Brooks said. “The 19 offensive bothered us and we fouled too many times. They had 41 free throws. Give them credit, they played hard.”

The 52 rebounds by the Wizards were the most by a Thunder opponent all season. During the Thunder’s seven-game win streak that ended Wednesday night, they did not allow an opponent to score more than 96 points. The Wizards’ 105 points were the most the Thunder has surrendered all year but in the end, the Thunder put forth the right type of effort, particularly early in the game, but couldn’t combat the Wizards’ offensive rebounding and streaky outside shooting.

“I think defensively we came out and started the game very good, and then we had a bad stretch, gave them some confidence,” Brooks said. “I think it was a four-point game after one (quarter). I don’t think it’s the focus, they played better than us. They put their best foot forward and won.”

TURNING POINTS:
The Wizards overcame a 12-point third quarter deficit with a drawn-out run to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, however, the real turning point was a 20-10 run in the fourth quarter that put the game just out of the Thunder’s reach.

The Wizards hadn’t led since the last two minutes of the first half, but with 7:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, Nick Young knocked down one of his five made three pointers to take an 86-84 lead, which the Wizards would never surrender. Young knocked down two more shots during the run, JaVale McGee added a bucket and by the time 25.9 seconds remained in the game it was a 101-94 Washington lead.

PLAYS THE BOXSCORE WON’T SHOW, FIRST HALF:
Serge Ibaka dunking over Javale McGee… A perfect pass from Westbrook to Perkins to draw a foul… A lefty bounce pass in transition from Russell Westbrook to Kevin Durant for a dunk… Nice job by Westbrook to tip away a defensive rebound, then he takes the ball the length of the floor to find Thabo Sefolosha for a lay-in… Well-executed screen by Nick Collison to set up a Kevin Durant 3-pointer… James Harden intercepting an outlet pass, then saving it to Nazr Mohammed who drew a foul… Strong defensive box out by Nick Collison to snare a rebound… Persistent drive by Reggie Jackson to find a back-cutting Nick Collison for a dunk… Drop off pass from Jackson to Harden in transition for a slam… Nifty bounce pass off a pick and roll from Jackson to Mohammed for a jumper… Perfect swing pass by Perkins to Harden for a three… Solid defense by Serge Ibaka to force a travel… Drop off pass from Durant to Ibaka for a dunk... Westbrook attacking the basket when the Thunder needed a spark, then making a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Durant on a fast break for a dunk… Tough shot by Durant to beat the buzzer and get a FT attempt.

PLAYS THE BOXSCORE WON’T SHOW, SECOND HALF:
Durant with a block then a run-out to draw two free throw attempts… Westbrook with a steal and run-out, followed by an offensive rebound to draw a foul… Transition block by Kevin Durant to stop a John Wall drive… Westbrook hesitating to draw an and-one foul on John Wall on an elbow jump shot… A swift penetration and dump off move from Westbrook to Collison for a dunk… Great cross-court pass from Collison to Daequan Cook for a tie-breaking three pointer… Spin move in the lane by Harden to draw a foul… Nice job by Collison to tip the defensive rebound out to Harden, who draws a foul on the other end… Much-needed offensive rebound by Jackson who gets it to Harden, who draws another foul… Huge charge taken by Collison in a one-point game to negate a Wizards layup… He follows it on the other end with a dunk off a Westbrook assist… Cook with a really important defensive rebound over Jan Vesely… Durant with a block on a Nick Young drive… Basket-saving foul by Harden on McGee, who missed both free throws…Westbrook sensing the focus of the Wizards defense was on Durant, so he takes it to the bucket himself.